By Innocent Anaba
A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, yesterday, adjourned till August 5, 2022, for further hearing of the suit by an aspirant, Mr Abdul Shittu against the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and one other.
Trial judge is Justice Daniel Osiagor. Shittu, who aspires to represent Ikorodu in House of Representatives, also joined Mr Awesu AbdulAzeez as respondent in the suit.
The plaintiff is praying the court to restrain INEC from accepting or continuing to retain the name of the third respondent, (Awesu AbdulAzeez) as the PDP’s candidate for Ikorodu Federal Constituency in its database.
Shittu is also praying the court to declare that the nomination of AbdulAzeez as the PDP candidate was not in line with the party’s constitution and its guidelines for primary election.
He also wants the court to declare that the PDP was bound to nominate him and submit his name to INEC as its candidate, having won the highest votes cast during the party’s primary election conducted on May 24.
The suit was supported with a 28-paragraphs affidavit, detailing how the infraction was allegedly committed by the PDP against him and the party’s guidelines for primary election.
Shittu averred that he participated in the primary election conducted by the PDP to elect its candidate for the House of Representatives in Ikorodu on May 24, 2022, and got the highest number of vote cast.
He added that having won the primary election, his name was announced in the presence of all the party’s members who witnessed and participated in the election and his name was entered into the official result slip of the party.